Muslim forum: Community should drop Ayodhya claim
Lucknow: A group of intellectuals under the banner ‘Indian Muslims for Peace’ on Thursday said majority of Muslims were willing to relinquish their claim over the disputed 2.77 acre in Ayodhya as a “goodwill gesture” and the forum will submit its resolution on this to the Justice Kalifulla-led mediation panel.
The forum, however, admitted it had no stake in the Babri Masjid dispute and had not roped in any litigant in its discussions, except UP Sunni Central Waqf Board.
The forum members told reporters that the Supreme Court should give a clear verdict and Muslims should give up claim on the land.
Talking to TOI on sidelines of the presser, former Aligarh Muslim University vice-chancellor Zameeruddin Shah said, “We have no stake in the matter, but as a pressure group we hope to make Muslim litigants see sense and accept our proposal.” Former IAS officer Anis Ansari said, “This is our last attempt to resolve the matter for sake of communal harmony.”
The forum raised four riders on their proposal. These included that the status of no other Muslim or any other place of worship be disturbed as of August 15, 1947. It also said mosques and mausoleums protected by ASI should be opened for offering prayers; Ayodhya mosques be repaired; and the criminal conspiracy case in the Babri Masjid demolition be expedited and riots accused brought to justice at the earliest.